They could be making you sick.
Plastic absobs chemicals, and since microfibers are made from plastic, this means we could be ingesting a shocking amount of toxic substances without even realizing it.
Scientists are starting to see the effects of microfibers on sea life.
Professor Sherri Mason from the State University of New York at Fredonia, recently dissected a fish from the Great Lakes and discovered that it’s intestines were riddled with synthetic fibers.
After inspecting them under a microscope, Mason described the fibers as, “woven into the gastrointestinal tract.”
She had never seen anything like it.
Researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara recently discovered that fleece jackets release 1.7 grams of microfibers each wash, on average.
They also found that older jackets tend to shed nearly twice that amount.
The researchers also made a disturbing statement on their website.
“These microfibers then travel to your local wastewater treatment plant, where up to 40% of them enter rivers, lakes and oceans.”